George Mason University 1997-98 Catalog Catalog Index
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Community College Education Courses (EDCC)



Graduate School of Education

801 The Community College (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Admission to the D.A.C.C.E. program or permission of instructor. Studies the institutional character of the community college, including a review of the history, purpose, clientele, organization, finance, and social functions. Attention is given to current issues facing community colleges.

802 Community College Teaching through Learning Styles (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Admission to the D.A.C.C.E. program or permission of instructor. Focuses on the theory of multiple styles of learning and various ways in which individuals demonstrate ability. Emphasized are alternative instructional approaches to enhance and measure learning of community college students at risk for failure. Emphasis is on study, analysis, and application to teaching in the community college. The classroom format emphasizes participation by the student and application of course content to community college teaching.

805 Teaching Thinking (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Admission to the D.A.C.C.E. program or permission of instructor. Through lecture, discussion, and demonstration, students design, analyze, apply, and evaluate practical approaches to teaching critical thinking at the post-secondary level. Application to subject matter courses of the student's choice is stressed.

806 Seminar in Communication Skills for Teaching (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Admission to the D.A.C.C.E. program or permission of instructor. Studies principles and practices underlying effective lecturing and in leading instructional discussions. Application to the student's field of study is encouraged as a way of establishing the teaching environment.

850 Research: Using Research to Improve Teaching (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Admission to the D.A.C.C.E. program or permission of instructor. Helps community college faculty members improve their teaching by developing skills as teacher-researchers and increasing knowledge of research methodology. Students conduct a research study related to their teaching.

892 Special Topics in Community College Education (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Admission to the D.A.C.C.E. program or permission of instructor. Varies depending on interests of the center. May be repeated for credit.


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